Foundation Awards $30,000 in New Grants

The Foundation awarded 15 grants totaling $30,000 to district teachers for programs and resources to be used during the 2017-18 school year. Read on to learn about the new technology and resources in your children’s classrooms.


Building the foundation for a bright future.


Since 2010 the Foundation has funded more than $200,000 in grants to teachers across the district. We have provided dynamic instructional tools such as iPads, Mimio Teach Systems, MP3 players and microscopes. We have supported innovative teaching techniques by funding programs like the JASON Project, Nature Mapping and math learning games. We have provided students with access to educational software including BrainPop and Raz-Kids online reading resource. And we have filled classrooms with new materials to help learners across all…

About Us

The SD113A Educational Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity committed to improving academic outcomes for all students in the Lemont-Bromberek Combined School District 113A. We collaborate with the school board, school administration and staff, PTO and other organizations in our area to help achieve district-aligned goals and objectives.   Founded in May, 2010, by a group of local parents, the Foundation is managed by a board of directors, including the offices of President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. We are here…

Support the Foundation

Every gift, in any amount, contributes to a better education. Our goal is to have 100% of the families in SD 113A contribute to the Educational Foundation. All children in the district benefit from the resources and programs the Foundation funds.  Visit the Friends of 113A page to learn more and see a complete list of our generous supporters. Please make your check payable to “School District 113A Educational Foundation,” or click on the Donate button below to use a…

Thank you from River Valley

We are placing an order for 70 iPADs for RV. With this purchase of 70, every classroom will have 5 iPADs at River Valley. The dedication to fulfill grants that teachers write on the part of the Educational Foundation has been instrumental in allowing us to pool our resources and do what is best for our children. Now every RV classroom will have the following: 5 iPADS 8 Chromebooks 1 Throw Projector 1 Mimio 1 Document Camera Please pass along…

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CITGO Donates $5,000 to fund STEM Education

During a recent Board of Education meeting, Foundation trustees recognized CITGO as a Platinum Grant Underwriter. The funds will be used specifically to enable resources and programs in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Pete Colarelli, CITGO government and public affairs manager, presented a check to the Foundation trustees and expressed the company’s dedication to helping schools teach essential skills to tomorrow’s workforce. He also said CITGO engineers and scientists would welcome the opportunity to volunteer in…

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Bootleg Bash Raises $12,000 for Lemont Students!

Ruffled Feathers Golf Club transformed to a 1920s speakeasy Saturday night for the SD 113A Educational Foundation’s Bootleg Bash. By the end of evening, the group raised $12,000 to fund enrichment materials and programs for the schools. “Foundation trustees and the event committee outdid themselves creating a spectacular experience for our guests.” said Foundation President Shelley Taylor. “We had a great mix of district families, community members, district staff, Board of Education members and business sponsors in attendance.” Business sponsors…

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Foundation Surprises River Valley Teacher with $2,000

Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), parent company of American River Transportation Company’s (ARTCO) location in Lemont, recently donated $2000 to the School District 113A Educational Foundation. The donation will go toward a living laboratory garden, bringing education outside the classroom. “ADM and ARTCO have been strong supporters of the Foundation, and we were thrilled to learn that support will continue through this grant,” said Shelley Taylor, Foundation President. “Such support from local businesses strengthens our schools and our community by…

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Haunted Central

Haunted Central was a huge success, and the Foundation is grateful to the SD 113A Board of Education and Administration for organizing the event. The more than $15,000 raised will benefit the Foundation and Hope and Friendship Foundation. The event attracted 2,500 brave souls who enjoyed  a spooky tour of Haunted  Central. Thanks to more than 200 volunteers, this was truly a community success!

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Toshiba Grant Funds Solar-Powered Model Cars

The Foundation helped Michelle Rakoczy secure a $1,000 grant from Toshiba to purchase supplies to build solar-powered cars. Her fifth-grade students learned about simple machines, solar energy and design by building and racing the cars using kits and recycled materials. By designing and building their cars students learned about using solar power, gear ratios, reducing friction, and how to build strong, lightweight machines. Along with a great hands-on learning experience, the class had a whole lot of fun racing their…

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2014 Grant Awards

13 New Grants Awarded in 2014!

Thank you to our amazing community of donors! With your help the Foundation awarded 13 new grants totaling nearly $20,000 to district teachers in April, 2014.  Your donations funded resources and programs that will enhance the district’s curriculum and resources, allowing teachers to bring to life critical concepts for our students.

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